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A natlang-independant project

From:Joe Mondello <rugpretzel@...>
Date:Thursday, July 13, 2000, 6:40
After reading about the "Keki" project at:
my creative juices have begun surging and I've decided to begin a new project
patterned in a way after it.
    First of all, I personally like to have my language projects all in one
place.  for example, with rodnús, the entire evolving grammar and dictionary
of the language is contained in a single notebook (though due to recent word
processing the dictionary is tucked neatly into the back of the notebook).  I
also like evolving systems and have some trouble getting a language to stay
put for and period of time until I am extremely satisfied with it.  Another
major issue for me is a great mistrust of glosses: I'm never satisfied
x tilim wam - to pursue
when a better representation of its meaning would be
x tilim wam - to pursue, hunt, aim at, chase, yearn for, want, vie for

Therefore I have decided to do the following:
1. buy a nice sketch pad
2. begin by drawing pictures of simple objects and giving them meanings in
this new language (I want the book to contain not a trace of english in it).
3. after building up a base of words, draw pictures of situations and caption
them with phrases, sentences, and eventually extensive descriptions
4.  for words refering to abstract concepts, merely write the words and
provide a definition in this language.

hypothetically I could also do the same thing with a web page, the first
pages being pictures with definitions working my way to a full-fledged

I havent decided yet, but this book could also tell a story, the best story I
could think of is the story of life, from birth on.  if I pursue this course
of action, the first words in the language would most likely be light, sound,
heat and cold, food, need, and subsequent words would build off of this base.
 I am not, however, so set on this course of action.

One possible benefit of this method is that if anyone wanted to learn the
language, they could easily follow its progression by reading the sketchbook.

Does anybody else keep a steady notebook in order to witness the evolution of
their language?  for that matter, does anybody write definitions for their
language's words *with* their language?

Joe Mondello